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Rhode Island School of Design Campus Life

Campus Size

Small Campus
Total Undergrads
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

65% Women
35% Men


Total Varsity Sports


Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
Basketball - - Yes -
Cycling - - Yes -
Football - - Yes -
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Indoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Mountaineering/Climbing - - Yes -
Skiing - - Yes Yes
Soccer - - Yes Yes
Table Tennis - - Yes -
Track and Field, X-Country - - Yes -
Volleyball - - Yes Yes


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 13.4%
Black/non-Hispanic 1.5%
Hispanic 3.9%
Non-resident alien 16.4%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 29.5%
Two or more races 3.3%
White/non-Hispanic 32.0%
Percent of students with disability 7%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Student Government

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 0
Liquor Law Violation 0
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 2
Property Crime 6
Reviews Dorm Life
  • William
  • 4
  • I haven't experienced much of dorm life at other schools but I know that RISD students all live in the freshman quad their first year and this creates an environment…

  • Jan-26-2013 Read More
  • Clara from Providence, RI
  • 4
  • Freshman year is cozy enough. You will be in a double, almost guaranteed, but the rooms are big and the furniture isn't bad. The bathrooms are well cared for and…

  • Mar-29-2012 Read More
  • van donsel from waltham, ma
  • 3
  • nothin' special, just what you need. bed. four walls. closet. i've heard it's fairly small. i wouldn't expect to spend much time in the dorms, anyway, especially freshman year, due…

  • Jul-05-2016 Read More
  • Julie
  • 4
  • 15 Westminister dorm is sanitary, quite, and close to classes. RA's are also helpful and nice. …

  • Dec-25-2013 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • van donsel from waltham, ma
  • Jul-05-2016 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    i toured the met cafeteria, which was awesome. they've got everything you could ever want. they even had a little miso soup dispenser / bar. if you're looking off campus for somewhere to eat, after my tour, a student recommended geoff's sandwich shop, which was excellent. the sandwiches they have there are creative and delicious. the service was great, too. they replaced a bag of chips for us free because we didn't like the flavor of the one we bought. there are also a couple of student-run cafes, which can be a work opportunity.

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  • 4
  • Julie
  • Dec-25-2013 I am a current student here

    Cafeteria food is quite good compared to other schools. Quite a variety of choices of menus and also for vegetarian.

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  • 5
  • meri
  • Nov-13-2013 I am a current student here

    the food is amazing with great options, especially vegetarian. they stress locally grown, fresh produce so everything tastes great. also, you can use your dining card in some restaurants off campus, which is also great. or, you can go to one of the many restaurants in the area.

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  • 4
  • T
  • May-19-2013 I am a current student here

    Good food on campus, best I've seen.

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  • 4
  • Julia from Horsham, PA
  • Feb-01-2013 I am a current student here

    The food is ok, but compared to Brown University, the food is pretty good and a lot of the chefs are either current students or graduates from Johnson and Wales Culinary School

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  • 3
  • William
  • Jan-26-2013 I am a current student here

    Coming from the Bay Area in California, I knew the food wasn't going to be like anything at home. The food here is fine if you don't really mind or haven't experienced top notch dining. There are some quality restaurants in the area though.

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  • 3
  • RISD Student from Providence, RI
  • Sep-05-2012 I am a current student here

    I personally think the food served tastes good even after a few years. Vegan, pizza, soups, fruits, cereal, pastries, sandwiches, sushi, you name it. The grill options are the tastiest, and the ethnic foods are among the worst, except for the Mediterranean sample dish. However, if people do get tired of eating RISD food there are many good breakfast stores on Wickendon Street as well as restaurants on Thayer Street and downtown near 15 West (with good, varied ethnic foods, there are a lot of Koreans in town so you can look forward to kimchi and bibimbap). Every so often the multi-cultural clubs will hold events that feature native foods too, the Made in Taiwan club had yummy sausages, noodles and tea during their night market. Oh, and there's a Chipotle, Johnny Rockets, and Ben and Jerry's if you miss mainstream food.

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  • 5
  • Anshika from Ellicott City, MD
  • Jul-30-2012 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    The food is amazing. On a campus visit they gave us meal tickets. Everything is organic, freshly grown, and delicious. There are options for vegans, vegetarians, and the chef accommodates all food allergies.

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  • 4
  • Clara from Providence, RI
  • Mar-29-2012 I am a current student here

    The food is generally good here, the big cafeteria gets dull by the end of the year but otherwise it's fine. The freshman meal plan is awesome.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • van donsel from waltham, ma
  • Jul-05-2016 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    there is no greek life at risd, but brown has one, and i hear that risd students can sometimes get involved.

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  • 0
  • William
  • Jan-26-2013 I am a current student here

    RISD Greek life doesn't exist but you can rush Brown fraternities and Sororities

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